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Essential Istanbul
Holiday Length: 4 days
Departs: Daily
Start City: Istanbul
End City: Istanbul
Type of Holiday: Mini Stay

  Ancient Kingdoms offers you a small taste of a city worthy of an entire feast. Sample Istanbul's endless variety of awesome historical sights, scenic landmarks and word-class shopping... then come back for more!
 Day 1   Arrival transfer to your central hotel.  
 Day 2

  Full day tour to discover the fabulous treasures of Istanbul- Topkapi Palace, St Sophia and the stunning Blue Mosque. After lunch visit the Grand Covered Bazaar and the historic Hippodrome. (B,L)
 Day 3

  Morning visit to the city's Spice Market, then take a leisurely cruise on the Bosphorus waterway between Europe & Asia. Afternoon free. (B)
 Day 4   Departure transfer to the airport.(B)  

  * Accommodation with private facilities
* 3 breakfasts and 1 lunch
* Return airport transfers
* Istanbul sightseeing by coach & cruise boat including entrance fees

Note: Grand Bazaar & Spice market closed Sundays. City tour sightseeing may vary.



  Four Seasons Hotel

Located in Sultanhamet just steps away from the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. The hotel has been created from a century-old neoclassic Turkish prison right in the heart of this historic city.
Amenities include: 24hr reception, restaurants and bars, fitness facilities and sauna. The rooms feature: cable TV, plasma screen, A/C, DVD player, minibar, and in room safe

  Ciragan Palace Hotel
- featured in Bond Movie "Skyfall"

Ciragan Palace offers the highest level of luxury services and facilities.The quintessence of five star guest services and facilities awaits you at Ciragan Palace, situated on the European shores of the Bosphorus.   Amenities include:infinity pool, spa & fitness centre, shopping arcade, business centre, free internet access,concierge services, 4 restaurants and 2 bars.  Rooms feature: balcony's, writing desks, pillow menu, LCD TV, in-room safe, climate control, bath/shower with the option to upgrade to Hotel & Palace Suites.

  Crowne Plaza Harbiye
First Class
Pre-tour Hotel for Glories of Turkey & Classical Turkey tours

Pre tour hotel for the Glories of Turkey.  Centrally located in walking distance to Taksim and close to major shopping malls.  Hotel facilities: indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, spa, sauna, hammam, 2 restaurants and bar.  Room feature: Air conditioning, satellite TV, wireless internet, hair dryer, mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities and an in room safe.

Special Category

Located in a quiet area only 200m from the Blue Mosque and St Sophia. This brand new hotel is very tastefully decorated. All rooms have parquet flooring, bathtubs and are equipped with A/C, safe deposit box, minibar, hairdryer, satellite TV and a wireless internet connection.

Special Category

A 22 room historic Ottoman house, located at the historical Hippodrome overlooking the Blue Mosque.  Sit and absorb the history and culture from the comfort of the hotel.  Hotel features: restaurant, bar and sidewalk cafe, lifts.  Room feature: A/C, satellite TV, mini bar, wireless internet, hair dryer and in room safe.

    Yasmak Sultan Hotel 
First Class

Located in the heart of the city (only 500m away from Hagia Sophia) this hotel offers elegant decor and features an attractive rooftop terrace offering great views of the city.
Recently renovated, the air conditioned rooms offer all the modern amenities such as a minibar, safe, satellite Tv and free Wi-Fi.

  Hotel Perula
Superior Tourist Class

Situated in the heart of Sultanahmet, Hotel Perula offers modern air conditioned rooms decorated with floor-to-ceiling windows and elegant wooden furniture.
All rooms have free Wi-Fi and a minibar.  Breakfast is served in the lobby restaurant and the hotel also features a Turkish hammam.

  Orka Royal
Moderate First Class

Located in the historical part of Istanbul and walking distance to the Sultanhamet area, Grand Bazaar, St Sophia and the Egyptian Spice Market.  The hotel offers: pool, restaurants, bar, 24hr reception and internet access.  Rooms feature: A/C, satellite TV, and minibar.

  Faros Hotel
First Class

Located only 200m from the Blue Mosque,this new boutique hotel offers great style and refinement.

Room facilities include A/C, hairdryer, LCD satellite TV, music, minibar, wireless internet access, safe deposit box and tea/coffee making facilities.

  Asur Hotel

Located conveniently close to the Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.
The hotel features: Wifi and a terrace restaurant. The rooms are comfortable and are equipped with A/c, minibar and satellite TV

  Fehmi Bay
Tourist Class

This boutique hotel is located in a lively area 2 minutes from St Sophia. The rooftop bar-restaurant terrace offers great views of the Blue Mosque and the Sea of Marmara.  All the rooms are equipped with A/C, safe wireless internet, satellite TV and hairdryer





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